VLC Media Player for Mac

VLC Media Player for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 346 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.3
  • Total Downloads:
    5,488,551
  • Date Added:
    August 18, 2010
  • File Size:
    31.97MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,734
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel

Editors' Review

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VLC Media Player is a longtime open-source favorite, and the latest version offers fixes and feature enhancements for the Mac version that make it a must download. It's not the only option for free video playback, but it's one of the best, and it's often the go-to media player for Mac users who can't seem to play a specific media file.

VLC Media player offers a number of tools and customization options to manage and watch video. Users get frame-by-frame advancement; granular speed controls allowing for on-the-fly slower or faster playback; and live recording of streaming video. The toolbars are fully customizable, so you can have only the buttons you need in the interface.

This version comes with improvements to the interface, support for MxPEG files and streaming, and more. Along with minor tweaks, VLC continues to offer robust support for a wide range of video and audio formats, including OGG, MP2, MP3, MP4, DivX, HD codecs like AES3, Raw Dirac, and even support for playing back zipped files. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

The default interface was improved in recent updates, but integrated skinning can make it even better. Behavior can still be a bit unpredictable depending on the quality of the skin, but VLC's open-source foundation and community ensures that it evolves quickly and often, with new features and fixes released frequently.

Overall, VLC Media Player is a must-have application for its ability to open just about any type of video file you throw at it, making it a great option for Mac users having trouble playing certain file types.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star 5
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 346 votes

    • 5 star 198
    • 4 star 85
    • 3 star 22
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 35
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5 stars

"Great player"

November 13, 2010  |  By SpeedyMoo

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.3

Pros

opens many formats, easy to use

Cons

..........

Summary

Intel mac here.
Works great and fast
can open many video formats.

great tool

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4 stars

"Just have to learn how to use it -"

November 07, 2010  |  By Stephanie Scaramelli

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.3

Pros

no comment

Cons

The learning curve. Took a while to figure out how to use it, but then I'm a confirmed PC lover who is learning the iMac, too. Could really be me.

Summary

As I said, now that I've figured out how to make it work, it's fine.

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4 stars

"Excellent, loaded with features"

November 05, 2010  |  By aesierra

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.3

Pros

Magnificent execution, offers a wealth of features very useful all of them.

Cons

Minimal or none really.

Summary

The one to use for 95% of needs regarding video/movies

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4 stars

"Does helpful job"

November 05, 2010  |  By raid300

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.3

Pros

Solves lots of download problems

Cons

Did have some difficulty at first

Summary

Go for it

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5 stars

"Easy to use and readily adapt<br />able for many formats."

October 17, 2010  |  By irwin bedell

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.3

Pros

Opens different video formats.

Cons

Hints of advertising for a better product.

Summary

Makes searching for media players that will open different products short;
as short as this review.

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1 stars

"Was not what I thought it was."

October 09, 2010  |  By bransonhill

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.3

Pros

Probably great for what it is intended to do.

Cons

I did not really understand how to use it so I rate this a bad product.

Summary

I thought by installing it would help when I try to watch videos from You Tube or news clips from different sites. I uninstalled it.

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3 stars

"Handy utility for playing back strange formats"

October 07, 2010  |  By cnet.aaron

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.3

Pros

It seems to work on every codec and multimedia file format you throw at it, and it's free.

Cons

A little complicated for a novice user. Don't even think about trying to set up the streaming server unless you have a CS degree.

Summary

This is a very handy application for playing back media you download that may be in an unfamiliar format. Plus it's free, which is always my favorite price.

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4 stars

"I works well,"

September 18, 2010  |  By RobertSerafini

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.3

Pros

It opens abmost anything you throw at it.

Cons

Time for a an effort to smooth out the interface.

Summary

It works well of OS X and Ubuntu linux. How about a commercial-grade interface?

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5 stars

"Very good, a can opener for (almost) every video"

September 16, 2010  |  By ETformula

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.3

Pros

To be able to fix problems about problematic video files.

Cons

sometimes the video quality is lowered (often in "fixed" videos)

Summary

Some odd video format not yet supported, could be perfect if able to rip videos directly from dvd.

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1 stars

"Doesn't work on my 3 year old pro Mac lap top!"

September 15, 2010  |  By bassguitarnut

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.3

Pros

Lies to you and says download was successful.

Cons

The file is on my desktop useless; can't be opened; went through this at least 10 times; no success.

Summary

Six months ago Youtube movies worked well, now they require Adobe Flash 10. and my computer is unable to open the program even though it's on my desktop. Usless. Don't waste you time if you have an older Mac.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1.3
  • Taglib crash (CVE-2010-2937 / VideoLAN-SA-1004)
  • Fixes for FTP relative paths and directories
  • Fixes for Podcast and DVD modules
  • Extensions and scripts updates
  • Miscellaneous fixes in interfaces
  • Updated translations
  • ... and many other crashes and errors fixed
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date August 18, 2010
Date Added August 18, 2010
Version 1.1.3
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Media Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6
  • Intel-based Mac
  • Download Information
    File Size 31.97MB
    File Name vlc-2.1.5.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 5,488,551
    Downloads Last Week 7,734
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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